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Prescribed burn taking place in Apalachicola National Forest in Leon County

Apalachicola National Forest prescribed burning today in Liberty County
Posted at 1:37 PM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 13:37:22-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. — Residents may see some smoke in the area Tuesday due to a prescribed burn taking place in the Apalachicola National Forest.

The 359-acre burn will be conducted in Leon County, south of Capital Circle SE between Woodville Highway and Crawfordville Road. The U.S. Forest Service says the burn will improve wildlife habitat, eliminate vegetation build up and reduce the threat of wildfires.

People are reminded that the smoke they may see Tuesday and Wednesday in this vicinity is not coming from a wildfire. Motorists are cautioned to drive slowly with lights on while traveling in smoky areas.

The U.S. Forest Service stated drivers should be particularly cautious in areas where prescribed fires have taken place when it is foggy because morning fog can mix with smoke and decrease visibility further.

This is one of many prescribed burns the Apalachicola National Forest is doing during the 2019 prescribed burning season.